Lotus in the flame school of yoga

Down Dog Yoga Center is proud to host Lotus in the Flame's 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training under the direction of Melissa Spamer (M.A, E-RYT500, C.Ay, LMT), whose course provides the highest level of creative and progressive Yoga education in the field today.  The intention of this 200 hour program is not to teach one particular "style" of Yoga, but to set each person on a path of embodying Yoga and living it daily.  As many teacher trainings focus primarily on asana, this program additionally teaches a full spectrum of traditional HaTha Yoga practices, integrating the philosophies of the main paths of Yoga, the Heart of Yoga - Bhakti, Raja, Karm, Jnana, and Tantra.  We will study traditional texts and ground these philosophies within the physical and energetic body as they are expressed within the eight limbs of Yoga as outlined by Sri Patanjali.  This is a comprehensive program giving students a very practical yet diverse exposure to the history, lineages, and modern developments within the world of Yoga today.  

The format is structured in a way that provides flexibility for students who are working professionals and cannot take a month or more off to study yoga intensively.  The training consists of four 5 day immersions that run from 8am-5pm each day with a one hour lunch break.  There will also be two weekend immersions that run Friday evening from 6-9pm, Saturday from 1-5pm, and Sunday from 1-4pm.  During the time between training modules you will have your own personal sadhana practice, as well as structured assignments to fulfill your non-contact and practicum hours necessary for certification.  In this way, the art and practice of living yoga in your everyday life becomes more integrated.  Each of the four modules has a different focus and intention.  This program runs from June - December of 2017 and is now accepting applications (see details below).



Melissa Spamer, M.A., E-RYT500, C.Ay, LMT

Lead faculty and director of Lotus in the Flame School of Yoga and Healing Arts. Melissa has been practicing Yoga for twenty three years. She completed her first certification to teach Yoga in 1997, and has been consistently teaching Yoga for eighteen years. She has completed more then six 200-500 hour teacher trainings since then. In 2005, Melissa completed a 500 hour teaching certification with the International Yoga College, specializing in Yoga and Conflict Transformation, under the guidance of Rama Jyoti Vernon. Her approach to Yoga is very organic and weaves together a rich tapestry of inspired teachings from such celebrated teachers as Angela Farmer, Victor Van Kooten, Rama Jyoti Vernon, Shiva Rea, Kali Ray and the students of Desikachar. She feels incredibly blessed to be carrying the light of Yoga beside so many radiant beings in this great ocean of Awakening.

Melissa is a graduate of the Ayurvedic Institute, having completed more than 1200 hours of clinical study, and many more hours in private practice around the world. She has studied with Dr. Vasant Lad, Swamini Mayatitananda, Sonia Masocco, Dr. Claudia Welch and Dr. Robert Svobodha. Melissa offers Ayurvedic consultations, treatments and workshops. She integrates Ayurvedic principles into her teaching of Hatha Yoga. Melissa is a certified massage therapist and credits the majority of her knowledge of the energetic and physical body to more then sixteen years of hands on healing around the globe. She holds a graduate certificate in Holistic Health Care from Western Michigan University, with an emphasis in expressive arts therapy, and in 2013 was named alumni of the year. She has co-facilitated groups and retreats incorporating a full range of therapeutic processes to help unveil the truth of the soul’s yearning for engagement. She has recently completed her Master's degree in counseling psychology, with an emphasis in somatics and neurobiology, at Southwestern College.


Cynthia Hoss, E-RYT500, LMT, AYS

Cynthia is a master bodyworker of 25+ years with specialized training in Therapeutic Massage, Myofascial Release, Integrative Bodywork, and Touch for Health.  She also holds certifications in Advanced Kripalu Yoga, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and is an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist trained by the Kripalu School of Ayurveda.  Cynthia has been studying and teaching yoga for over 15 years and is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500 hour level with Yoga Alliance.  She also founded and co-owned Awake and Aware, a yoga and bodywork studio in Kalamazoo from 2004 to 2014, before merging with Down Dog Yoga Center.

Cynthia's teaching style and bodywork practices focus on taking you to your inner wisdom by opening the flow of energy to enhance health, vitality, and balance.  Cynthia's intuition and strong multidisciplinary background in holistic health add a rich flavor to all of her offerings.  She is an inspired student of these masterful teachers: Swami Kripalu, Yoganand Michael Carroll, Sarah Powers, Paul Grilley, Angela Farmer, Melissa Spamer and Scott Blossom.


Kristin Fiore, RYT500, E-RYT200, Director of Down Dog Yoga Center

Kristin is the owner and managing director of Down Dog Yoga Center and is registered through Yoga Alliance at the Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher level, distinguishing herself with significant teaching experience since completing her first teacher certification in 2009.  Kristin trained at 7 Centers Yoga Arts in Sedona, AZ in a unique and intensive immersion program that combines a teacher training program and healing spiritual retreat with the study of Yoga, Ayurveda, and Vedic Astrology.  She has since returned to Sedona to further her studies with an Ayurvedic apprenticeship and a Chakra Yoga Intensive. In 2016, Kristin completed a year long comprehensive 300 hour training under the direction of Melissa Spamer

Kristin's teaching is influenced by her many wonderful teachers including Sraddhasagar (Ruth Hartung), Melissa Spamer, Rama Joyti Vernon, Kirsten Lyon, and life itself.  She teaches a blend of styles including traditional hatha yoga and vinyasa flow.  Kristin has also diversified her practice by studying Vipassana Meditation and completing a 6 month Thai Massage program.  Kristin continues to find joy and connection through her own practice and studies and is passionate about sharing yoga with others.  She is committed to Down Dog Yoga Center's mission- connecting people to healthy living, creativity, and community through yoga and the healing arts- and invites you to join in and explore the center's programs and services.

Additional faculty includes Amy Spurlock and Wendelin Scott of YogaSource in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Learn more about them here.


Application, Tuition, and schedule

For more information about Lotus in the Flame's School of Yoga, including cost and dates,  please visit Melissa Spamer's website.  Questions and applications go directly through Melissa.